Christ and Pop Culture

This week's episodes pairs a science-fiction movie about humanity's search for belonging with a comedic TV show about televangelists surrounding themselves with belongings. The Brad Pitt-starring Ad Astra has been hotly anticipated ever since it received its 2019 release date. Does its moody contemplation of the mysteries of the cosmos live up to expectations? Meanwhile, HBO's new series The Righteous Gemstones, created by Danny McBride, approaches spiritual questions from a different angle with its portrait of a dysfunctional family of televangelists. Wade and Kevin take a look at how successful McBride & company are at skewering the celebrity-preacher subculture.

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In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson kick off a new series called The Creative Process,exploring how the emergence of the gig economy is shaping our creative pursuits. For example, digital platforms allow anyone to become someone through the power of social media. This access is wonderful, but it’s not without it’s disadvantages, especially when we sacrifice quality output to meet platform and audience demands. All the hustle required to make a substantial place for our creative work may have a greater impact than we care to admit.

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Seeing & Believing begins the transition into awards season with this week's episode. The guys review John Crowley's latest literary adaptation, this time of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer-winning The Goldfinch. They also offer a glimpse of their most-anticipated films of the upcoming Oscar season. Some heavy hitters are lined up in the wings for the holidays which ones have caught Wade and Kevin's eye?

Music interlude by Mad Bello, "So What!" Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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With Kevin out this week, Wade is joined by Grindhouse Theology's Blake Collier to discuss "IT Chapter Two." "IT Chapter Two" picks up 27 years after 2017's "IT," bringing the now grown up cast (which features Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, and James Ransone) back to Derry, Maine to battle Pennywise once again. In their second segment, Wade and Blake discusses David Cronenberg's 1983 horror picture, "The Dead Zone." It's all things Stephen King on Episode 216 of Seeing and Believing.

Song: “Poisonous Tentacles” by Steven Melin

Theme music by Alexander Osborn†and†Lindsey Mysse. Used under Creative Commons license 3.0.

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With Kevin out this week, Wade is joined by film critic Sarah Welch-Larson to discuss 'Ready or Not, the new horror-comedy from Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. The film's synopsis is pretty straightforward: on her wedding night, a young bride named Grace (played by Samara Weaving) is reeled into a terrifying game of hide and seek by her wealthy in-laws. Now, with hours until dawn, Grace must fight to survive the night...and her new family. Talk about crazy in-laws.

In their second segment, the Wade and Sarah discusses 'The Last Black Man in San Fransisco,' the new drama from director Joe Talbot. It's a balance between deadly games and gentrification on Episode 215 of Seeing and Believing.

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